The Business Travel Culture That Is France

Sep 12 2019

A French business traveler died while having sex on a business trip. Although the man’s employer argued that he wasn’t “carrying out professional duties” when he had the cardiac arrest in the woman’s hotel room, under French law “an employer is responsible for any accident occurring during a business trip.”

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15 Things I Love About the Southwest Performance Card

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Sep 12 2019

Chase has a brand new premium Southwest Airlines business card. It’s a great card in its own right but they’ve launched it with an enormous initial bonus offer to generate attention and it’s worth getting the card if you can. I genuinely don’t expect they’ll keep this offer around.

In fact this is the card I want most right now, because it makes earning a companion pass a gimme and I’d be able to travel with my wife and daughter (less than one year old) for just the cost of a single ticket — and the points from the card go a long way to a bunch of those tickets, especially when I then top off with Chase Ultimate Rewards points which’ll essentially become doubled in value.

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How a Coffee Spill Caused a Transatlantic Flight to Declare an Emergency

Sep 12 2019

German airline Condor was flying from Frankfurt to Cancun on February 6th when the Airbus A330 declared an emergency about 880 nautical miles west of Shannon, Ireland.

There was reported smoke in the cockpit. The “flight crew donned their oxygen masks” and declared mayday via ACARS, the digital short message system, because communications were hobbled.

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Stack 2 Discounts For Big Savings: Buy LifeMiles 1.35 Cents Each, Then Redeem Awards Up to 31% Off

Sep 11 2019

LifeMiles is one of the best frequent flyer programs for advanced miles and points collectors because they have hidden deals and there are tricks to reduce the price of awards.

I once heard the head of the program give a presentation where he called miles earned by flying “bad miles” and miles sold to partners (like banks) and to customers “good miles.” This frequent flyer program is basically the consolidator for Star Alliance airline excess premium cabin inventory. Lots of ways to get their miles cheap, and use them for seats that their partners aren’t going to sell for cash (saver award inventory).

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What’s the Best U.S. Airline?

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Sep 11 2019

Choose the airline with the best schedule, where they’re equivalent with the best reliability, and for regular coach comfort go with Southwest. Since I need to work inflight pretty much all the time I prefer American or Delta, United still isn’t an option though if I lived on Staten Island I’ve fly out of Newark and sacrifice productivity.

No airline is all things to all people, no airline frequent flyer program among those four carriers is a real differentiator and reason to go out of your way to fly a specific airline, but it’s useful to stick with one carrier and earn status where you can. Your miles will be earned through things other than flying and there flexible points transfer programs are best.

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American’s Approach to (Not) Releasing Award Seats

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Sep 11 2019

When US Airways management took over at American they brought with them a revenue management philosophy of making far less award space available. However they’ve made efforts to make more economy award space available, bidding for space based on a fare value of miles.

International business class is another matter, even on the most lightly booked of flights.

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